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John Coleman is a psychologist whose primary interest is adolescence. He is the Founder of the Trust for the Study of Adolescence (now renamed Young People in Focus) and was the Director of the organisation from 1989 until he retired in 2005. From 2005 to 2006 he held a post as a Policy Advisor in the Department of Health, and 2006-2015 was a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford. He is working as a Consultant with Professor Lord Layard at the LSE on life skills education in secondary schools.